Tuesday 8 July 2014

The Reed Warbler family were quite visible today, flitting around in the reed bed near the Diana fountain. One of the young ones came out and perched on a stem of the day lilies in front of the reeds.

There were two singing males only a few feet apart. Whether or not there are two families, there are a lot of small brown birds in there.

One of the two young Grey Wagtails was hunting at the east end of the Serpentine, picking insects and worms out of the mat of algae at the edge of the water.

But yesterday Mike Meilack managed to capture both of them in flight, with their tail feathers streaming as they made tight turns chasing flying insects.

The plum trees below the Triangle car park had attracted a Moorhen. I have never seen a Moorhen eating fruit before, but Moorhens will eat anything, delicious or disgusting.

The eldest of the young Greylags was goose-stepping along with its parents near the island. It is getting quite grown-up in appearance and has developed the eye ring of an adult, though this is yellow rather than orange.

The Little Owl was on his usual branch. He has got so blasé about people that he doesn't even bother to turn round when they appear. So instead of the usual face view, here he is stretching his wings.

Little Owls have very large wings for their body size, and when you see one take off and fly, it seems to suddenly change from a small bird into quite a big one.

There was no sight of the Tawny Owls, but the area where they are usually found was full of Meadow Brown butterflies fluttering around the long grass. Unusually, one of them kept its wings open when it landed.

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